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Have you or anyone you know send a naked or sexual photo or video to someone and you regret it? What should you do?

Stay calm and delete – If you have ever sent a private picture or video you regret to a friend or your girlfriend/boyfriend ask them to delete it. If someone has posted it online, un-tag yourself and report it so it can be removed. Ask the friends you trust to help you hunt down images and delete and/or report them. You could tell a trusted adult at school and they may be able to send a note to students directing them to delete any private photos or videos without naming you.

Report it – If someone has posted any sexual, naked or private photos or videos of you online, report it to the service where it has been posted. Report them to a teacher if this is happening at your school.

Try to relax – If the video or image has already spread, don’t do anything rash and stay calm. Talk to someone you trust to figure out the best way to handle the situation

Tell your parents- If the video or photo have spread you should to tell your parents. There could be a possibility for them to find out about the same. They may get upset, angry or shocked, so you may want to ask a sibling/aunty/uncle to help break the news to them, or write a letter or email about it. You could also send them a link to the Parents advice page that reminds them to take a breath and gives them some advice on how to help.

What do you do if the police gets involved?
It is best to be honest. Describe to the police how the video/image was made and where it may have been sent or posted. They would want to know who all was involved and whether there was consent from everyone involved.

Respect and take care of yourself
Distract yourself by spending time with friends and family that you trust. Remember to stay positive and remember that you are not alone. Many people have had similar experiences. Stay strong, you will be ok.